Barbie InkJet Printer

barbie-nail-printerAt the Consumer Electronic Show(CES) of 2009 held in Las Vegas, NV Mattel showed off its new Barbie Doll’d Up Nails Digital Nail Printer.  Huh?  This new compact pink printer selling at Toys R Us for $179.99 allows children (and adults) to upload any image to print on your nails.  The process, running with a computer program, entails a base coat, bonding coat and top coat.   Ink refill kits run about $10 and the nail polish kit will cost you about $30.  You should get about a few hundred prints.

Printing straight on the nail doesn’t stay on very long.  The process should be a base coat and then a special bonding coat to print on the nail, then the top coat.

More information can be found here.  I don’t think we will have any compatible ink for this machine so it might be a little pricey in the long run.  But what the heck, it looks pretty fun and girls will love it.  Anyway you save the trip to the nail salon.

HP’s Web-Connected Printers

HP has come up with some great printer technology lately.  This holiday season, they have introduced some ultimate all-in-one printers.  These printers not only offer print, fax, copy and scan functionalities but also provide an on-demand, one-touch access screen connecting to printable content from the web.

The printer will be preloaded with web apps to: USA TODAY, Google (maps and calendar applications),, Fandango, DreamWorks Animation, Nickelodeon, Web Sudoku, Weathernews Inc., and HP Creative Studio.  In addition, HP will be working with select developers and companies such CashStar, and to create print apps using HP’s open application programming interface.  So I guess, you’ll be able to visit those sites and print right coupons and movie tickets right on the spot.

The printers will incorporate a new popup dynamic touch screen.  This will make it much easier than ever for consumers to conveniently display, edit and print photos as well as copy and scan documents.

The new lineup of wireless Photosmart printers are available now and include:

  • HP Photosmart A640 Compact Printer ($149) and takes the HP 110 ink cartridge
  • HP Photosmart C4700 All-in-One Series ($129) and takes the HP 60 ink cartridge
  • HP Photosmart Plus All-in-One ($149) and takes the HP 564 ink cartridge
  • HP Photosmart Premium All-in-One ($199) and takes the HP 564 ink cartridge–60-Ink-Cartridge.html

Soy Toner Cartridges

Energy concerns are remaining high and it is becoming increasingly popular to go green.  Toner derived from soybeans instead of oil has surfaced by a leading manufacturer, PRC Technologies, based in Maine. These new soy toner cartridges will be identified with a “SoyPrint” label.

In the current industry, it takes about two liters of oil to make the one pound of toner powder required for each oil-based cartridge.  Taking the fact that we  consume more than 100 million cartridges per year, it’ll definitely help our economy.

SoyPrint cartridges have been subjected to months of extensive testing and print quality and the number of pages per cartridge match or exceed brand name versions. The cost of the toner cartridge is said to be comparable to the original brands.  A few short comings with its roll-out in the US, is that the company was forced to go outside the U.S. to secure the toner powder for the U.S. assembled laser cartridges.  Production is expected to be continued in the fall of 2009.

Partnering with PRC Technologies should be a big hit with our customers.  We will try to give you the best prices for toner cartridges.